The Pokémon Company

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The Pokémon Company logo

The Pokémon Company is the company in charge of marketing and licensing Pokémon content.

History[edit | edit source]

Originally named "The Pokémon Center Company" and founded in 1998, The Pokémon Company was established through joint investment by the three businesses holding the copyright on Pokémon: Nintendo, Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc. The company name was changed to its present iteration in October 2000. Since that time, our business activities have grown and diversified into several distinct areas, maintaining a focus on our license management business.

1998[edit | edit source]

April[edit | edit source]

  • The Pokémon Center Company is established in Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. (Capital: 60 million yen)
  • The Pokémon Center Tokyo is established

December[edit | edit source]

  • The Pokémon Center Tohoku is established in Sendai, Miyagid in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

November[edit | edit source]

  • The Pokémon Center Osaka is established in Umeda, Osaka.

1999[edit | edit source]

September[edit | edit source]

  • Capital is increased to ¥240 million.

2000[edit | edit source]

October[edit | edit source]

  • Company name changes to The Pokémon Company. Game-related business begins.


December[edit | edit source]

  • License-related business begins.

2001[edit | edit source]

February[edit | edit source]

  • Overseas affiliate Pokémon USA, Inc. (now The Pokémon Company International) is established in Delaware, U.S.A.
  • Capital is increased to ¥360 million.

May[edit | edit source]

  • Capital is increased to ¥361.8 million.

June[edit | edit source]

  • Capital is increased to ¥365.4 million.

2002[edit | edit source]

July[edit | edit source]

  • Mobile phone website Pokémon Hiroba is launched.

October[edit | edit source]

  • The Pokémon Center Nagoya is established in Sakae, Nagoya.

November[edit | edit source]

  • The Official Pokémon website is launched.

2003[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

  • Representative office is established in London, England.

November[edit | edit source]

  • The Pokémon Center Fukuoka is established in Hakata, Fukuoka.

2004[edit | edit source]

January[edit | edit source]

  • The Pokémon Daisuki Club is launched.

2005[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

  • The Pokémon Center Yokohama is established in Minato Mirai, Yokohama.

2006[edit | edit source]

August[edit | edit source]

  • Overseas affiliate Pokémon Korea, Inc., is established in Seoul, Korea.

2007[edit | edit source]

July[edit | edit source]

  • The Pokémon Center Tokyo is remodeled and reopened.

2009[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

  • The Pokémon Center Sapporo is established in Sapporo, Hokkaido.

2010[edit | edit source]

April[edit | edit source]

  • The Pokémon Communications Company, an affiliate, is established.

November[edit | edit source]

  • The Pokémon Center Osaka is remodeled and reopened in Umeda, Osaka.

2011[edit | edit source]

March[edit | edit source]

  • The Pokémon Center Fukuoka is remodeled and reopened in Hakata-eki, Fukuoka.

External Links[edit | edit source]